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Helping the campus community to continue its accreditation with the Higher Learning commission of the North Central Associated of Colleges and Schools required exceptional leadership in coordinating Central Missouri’s self study. As co-chair of the HLC Steering Committee, Elaine Frank-Ragan juggled her full-time responsibilities with countless hours of committee work to ensure CMSU gained HLC’s stand of approval in 2004. Such successes were part of an outstanding 30-year career at CMSU for the associate provost emerita for academic programs.
Frank-Ragan’s tenure at CMSU includes classroom experiences and administrative duties. After a professional career in the health care industry in Kansas City, she joined the university’s Department of Nursing in 1976 as an assistant professor. Her leadership skills were noticed as she climbed the faculty ranks to become a full professor and serve as senior-level coordinator at the university’s North Kansas City campus. She became department chair in 1994.
As chair, Frank-Ragan got an early taste of the accreditation process, and was instrumental in helping the department to continue its role as a benchmark of assessment. With its strong focus on assessment and efforts to continuously improve the quality of nursing students’ education, the department met stringent standards needed to gain accreditation by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.
In 2002, Frank-Ragan was appointed special assistant to President Bobby Patton, and two years later became associate provost for academic programs and services.
Her education in nursing includes a doctorate from the University of Kansas, master’s degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and bachelor’s degree from CMSU.